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Appreciating the Late Captain Homer Leroy Smith

By Staff | Aug 22, 2018

We appreciate our area representatives who worked to see the naming of the U.S. Navy Captain Homer Leroy Smith Memorial Bridge.

The late Captain Smith is the epitome of an American hero. We shared his story in last week’s Tyler Star News, and we included it in this week’s article concerning the bridge dedication. It bears repeating.

The late U.S. Navy Captain Smith hailed from Alma, a city often unheard of outside of the borders of Tyler County. However, Captain Smith made a name for himself. He was given numerous recognitions and awards due to his exemplary service in the United States Navy.

He was also quite the scholar, receiving an education from the U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School, George Washington University, and California Institute of Technology.

Captain Smith served on sea and in air, leading various important tasks and missions for his country.

Besides being a serviceman, however, Captain Smith was known as a husband and a father to those who held him dearest.

His family was in attendance Saturday, Aug. 18 and noted of the ultimate sacrifice U.S. Navy Captain Smith made – his life.

Perhaps after reading of U.S. Navy Captain Homer Leroy Smith, may we all be a bit more aware of the sacrifices veterans have made. May we remain mindful of the ones they leave behind. May we be grateful. May we not just do all these things while crossing the U.S. Navy Captain Homer Leroy Smith Memorial Bridge. May we remain mindful and grateful always.